OCPD confirms 7 pupils dead after classroom collapsed at Precious Talents School

Sincerest condolences to the parents

Onlookers on-site at Precious Talents School where 4 pupils were feared dead on Monday morning after building collapsed

Dagoretti OCPD George Seda has confirmed seven deaths following the Precious Talents School classroom collapse at Ng'ando Ward in Dagoretti along Ngong Road.

Speaking to the press, the police boss stated that the death toll which was earlier reported at four had risen to seven, among the fatalities is a pupil who was scheduled to sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams.

"The building was constructed using timber and iron sheets and it seems their weight could not be supported by the construction.

"We have confirmed that seven students are dead and I have deployed teams to Kenyatta National Hospital to follow up on the other casualties and report the numbers. But the situation as it stands, has been contained," OCPD Seda confirmed.

He further thanked members of the public who were first on the scene and assisted in rescuing the trapped children.

Ng'andu Ward does not have a single public school

Residents who spoke to members of the press lamented that parents were forced to take their children to the school given that the ward does not have a single government school.

"We have a Catholic dispensary nearby so we used bodabodas, which were very quick to respond and we bundled the children we had rescued and they were taken there.

"The nearest public facilities whether for health or education are in Karen and at Dagoretti Corner or Kawangware. So in this place, people are on their own," one resident told KTN News.

Another resident confirmed that six out of eleven pupils who had been taken to the dispensary had lost their lives while the daughter of a local Bishop perished at the scene of the crash.

Education PS Belio Kipsang also arrived at the scene as parents sought to find out whether ministry officials had audited and approved the school's operations.

Area MP John Kiarie was also present at the scene. He corroborated with the school manager's assertions that the Nairobi City County had tampered with the foundation of the school while constructing a sewerage line.

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